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Friday, July 27, 2018   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

3 Crucial Reasons You Need to Hire a Property Manager

Whether you own a second home, investment property, a condo, or a vacation home for rental, you need to hire a property manager. While initially, it may look financially appealing to do it yourself, in the long run, it may cost you more. Here are 5 reasons why you need to hire a property manager.


Time


Property managers free up your time in more ways than one. If you are doing it yourself, hiring a property manager allows you to get back to your day to day life. A property manager’s job is to do just that, manage multiple properties. He or she will take the time to find you the right tenants. She will handle the phone calls when emergencies happen. In addition to emergency handling, he will hire the right people from an in-house network of vendors to fix those problems as well as perform routine maintenance.



Maximize Profit


Property management companies are in the real estate business, meaning they know the market. The company will set a rental rate that ...

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Friday, July 20, 2018   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

What's Going on With Victory Pointe Park in Clermont

If you haven’t been to downtown Clermont lately, you may be in for a few pleasant surprises. In what the City of Clermont hopes to be a revitalization, the city began work on its Master Plan three years ago, in 2015. You can read the details here.


Part of Clermont’s master plan includes Victory Pointe Park, an outdoor wetland and waterfront recreation area that will have its official grand opening on Friday, July 27th, 2018. While part of this project is the infrastructure to handle stormwater treatment and run-off, the city is taking a necessary development into a city beautification effort.



Artist rendering courtesy of City of Clermont

The park is located west of Osceola and West avenues, next to the current boat ramp and Clermont Boat House. The park will include a pond, winding boardwalks across the wetland areas, connection to the bike trail, as well as a pavilion and restrooms. The signature piece is an observation tower with a 360-degree view of Victo ...

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Thursday, June 7, 2018   /   by Charlotte Rose

Why Real Estate Investing makes (Dollars and) Sense

INTRODUCTION



Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make steady, predictable, low-risk income through real estate investing. In this blog post, we’ll examine the tried-and-true tactics that can be used to increase your income, pay off debt … even fund your retirement!



WHY INVEST IN REAL ESTATE?



One of the basic principles of real estate investment lies in this fact: everyone needs a place to live. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent Consumer Expenditures Survey, housing is typically an American’s largest expense.1 But there are other reasons why real estate is a great ...

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Thursday, June 7, 2018   /   by Charlotte Rose

7 Steps to a Seamless Move

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.



Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.



Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?



In this guide, we outline seven steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. Our hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead! 






Gather Information If you’re unfamiliar with your new area, start by doing some research.1 Look for data on average housing prices, demographics, school rankings and crime statistics. Search for maps that illustrate local geography ...

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Thursday, June 7, 2018   /   by Charlotte Rose

House Care Calendar: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.
In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues can still have a big impact. Properties that are not well maintained can lose 10 percent (or more) of their appraised value.1
The good news is, by dedicating a few hours each season to properly maintaining your home, you can ensure a safe living environment for you and your family … and actually increase the value of your home by one percent annually!1 You just need to know where and how to spend your time.
Use the following checklist as a guide to maintaining your home and lawn throughout the year. It’s applicable for all climates, so please share it ...

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